Roland S-1 Tweak Synth vs Classic Roland SH-101 Synthesizer

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Ziv Eliraz let us know about his latest loopop video, which offers an in-depth review of the new Roland S-1 Tweak Synth.

The S-1 Tweak Synth is the latest addition to the AIRA Compact family of pocket-sized instruments, which also includes the T-8 Beat Machine, J-6 Chord Synthesizer, and E-4 Voice Tweaker.

The Tweak Synth is inspired by the classic Roland SH-101 from the 1980s, but reimagined as a polysynth packed into a minisynth body. It’s based on Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, and extends the original’s design with four-voice polyphony and a slate of new features.

In the video, Eliraz dives deep into the features and workflow of the Tweak Synth, and also does a head-to-head comparison of how it sounds compared to an SH-101.

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the S-1 Tweak Synth in the comments!

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:20 vs Compacts
2:40 Overview
3:45 Workflow
5:15 Build & I/O
6:10 OSC vs 101
10:00 LFO vs 101
11:40 Filter vs 101
14:30 Env vs 101
17:05 Draw
18:40 Mult & sync
19:35 Chop
21:05 Comb
21:35 Riser
23:50 Effects
26:15 Sequencer
26:35 Live rec
26:55 Motion seq
28:00 Step seq
29:15 Ratchets
29:35 Probability
30:10 Step preview
31:20 Transpose
31:40 Step loop
32:05 Shuffle
32:25 Reload
32:45 Arp
34:00 Poly/Chord
35:10 D-Motion
36:40 Pros & cons
39:40 Outros & presets

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